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The only free and clear that works for my son is All. The other free and clears don't. If All doens't work you might try additional rinses.

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I got a homeopathic remedy for dd (now 7.5 months) and we've had to repeat the dose several times. Each time her eczema lessens and stays away a little longer, but it's certainly not gone. I'm willing to stick with it, but she still scratches in her sleep and this means she wakes herself up about 8 times a night. I haven't had a stretch of sleep longer than 2 hours in about 2 months and it's wearing me down. Does anyone have a natural anti-itch cream that they swear by?

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Hi

We went and got tested at meridian valley which is a 30 minute drive for us and got the results in 10 business days.
DD showed positive to brown rice and rice (extreme sensitivity) besides gluten,wheat,barley, milk, eggs and quite a few other things. We were giving her brown rice and werent seeing any change despite going gluten free and dairy free+soy + egg free+peas..ok so since 3 days I am off rice as well and we noticed a big improvement in her eczema, she still scratches a bit,but overall a big change.
I too got myself tested and turns out I am allergic to turmeric. We are Indians and I have been cooking without turmeric since the past couple of days. Its really tough right now without these staples in my diet. But since she isnt allergic to corn, I have been eating more of corn tortilla and all corny stuff But its still very hard.
Just wanted to thank you menomena for talking about ur testing which prompted us to get this test done else we would never doubt rice to be a bigger culprit than even gluten..who knew.
I will update again after a week or so.

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Did Meridian Valley discuss false positives at all? My allergist claims that the blood tests have high incidences of false positives. However, it seems like when one is off the charts like rice was for your dc, that can be trusted more. I'm so happy for you that you found an allergen that you can eliminate and actually see a difference! How odd you're allergic to turmeric; you're the second person that has posted that in this thread! What a random allergy!

My dd had the skin and RAST tests yesterday, but they do not cover nearly the amount of allergens as the Meridian Valley test. I'm awaiting the results and hoping to find something out by the end of the week.

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Hi Jaimee

Yeah we were surprised too but the numbers were moderate for turmeric. For DD there were quite a few significant allergens so we are totally eliminating them, then there are the moderate allergens which we are removing for now and then introducing them in rotation once we feel that the eczema is gone or have a very good control over. Till then we will be on all the foods that came as insignificant allergens. Both DH and I decided that we can pick our battles even if there are falsepositives. As for rice it was in front of our face all the time, but we were so programmed to believe it as its a non allergenic food thatwe never doubted it. I have a brown rice crispy cereal which is gluten free dairy free etc and whenever I gave that to her she would start itching more than normal and so I used to think that the rice cereal guys are falsely claiming their pdt to be gluten free , but didnt doubt rice :
We also spoke to Meridian valley and they say, that most of eczema related allergies are delayed and IgG needs to be tested for that. They test IgG+IgE and have a cutoff range for the combined values.They are very confident about their test and results , so its our choice to decide.
Another interesting thing is that we got milk as significant but yogurt, cheese, goats milk etc came as negative. So we are unsure about that part and will introduce them slowly after 2 months or so.
Overall , we feel like we are happy with this test atleast as of now. I will keep updating here like evry other week to report progress. It cost us about 500$ out of which insurance might cover only 100$, but it feels like if this works out its totally worth it.
Yeah, I also wanted to add, that we also had skin and rast testing like 2 months ago. The results are in sync with this test. All the positives in the rast test are positive in this test as well, except for peas which is negative in the meridian valley test. Again we are still avoiding it. We are using all the 3 tests to get her to normal right now and then slowly start introduing foods and see.
They tested for 190 foods and took only 3 ml of blood from her, whereas for the RAST they took more than 5 ml and said they wont be able to test more than 10 foods with 5 ml.

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They tested for 190 foods and took only 3 ml of blood from her, whereas for the RAST they took more than 5 ml and said they wont be able to test more than 10 foods with 5 ml.
I'm so happy you posted this! They had to take so much of dd's blood yesterday for the RAST and they're only testing 7 allergens! After reading your success story this morning, I called our allergist and asked why she wasn't sending the blood out for a more comprehensive test (like MV). She claimed that the amount of blood necessary is prohibitive on an 8 month old. But I thought that many of the mamas here had their babies tested, so that didn't make sense to me! Now I understand. I wonder how they can use so much less blood...? Is there a difference between this test and the RAST? Are they testing blood vs. serum? At any rate, the allergist went on to say that labs like MV are not approved by the board of pediatrics as accurate and so are not used. But again, so many mamas say they get good results! I'm just afraid that we're not going to get any hits out of so few allergens from the RAST. Like your dd and white rice... our allergist is testing "rice" but white? brown? I don't know. Can you tell me how you went about doing the test? Did your ped draw the blood or did they do it at MV? Thanks!

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nope, the blood was drawn at MV, they took only 3 ml but if u r mailing then they ask for 4 ml. They took extra 20$ for venipuncture but honestly the guy who did it was so good, better than the experience at childrens for the rast test. They kept poking her over and over again at the vein becoz the blood wasnt coming out and she was just hysterical. But here, she was just nervous but both of us sang to her and that calmed her. Its hard to find the veins of pudgy babies but the method u do it also matters from my experience.
Ok, my ped and allergist specialist dont even know tht we have done this. I just went ahead after reading menomenas story
I know that they will say that the same thing that was told to u and that IgG is not the AB to be tested.
I think they have to test the serus in both ways becoz thats where the antibodies sediment. I think at MV they use ELISA and thats a more sensitive procedure and maybe thats why they need a small titre.

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OK I had promised that I will update about DD's Health after doing the MV labs. A lot of things came positive and we have been strictly following them. Some tests were contradictory with the RAST and SPD that we did at the allergists clinic for eg- peas was positive in the SPD but the MV Lab results are -ve. Another very confusing result it says dairy as negative and Lactalbumin as positive. How can that be possible? Lactalbumin is a component of dairy??!!! Anyways we still avoid dairy.
So things like these dont make any sense in the MV Lab report.
Also, I have to say that the customer servive there is very poor. I called numerous time to clarify the dairy thing and the customer support is extremely rude. Similar thing with lentils, the results came as negative so I gave DD red lentils and she had more itching that day. I called numerous times to find out whether the lentils are red or the regular brown ones, no response the customer service person called Betty always answers the phone and anything you ask her she says "I DONT KNOW".She is so rude and arguing types.Thts not something one wants to hear afterall its a matter of a babies health. They got fed up of our calls and finally told us that they will get back, its been 2 weeks and we havent heard yet.All in all we are disappointed in the service, the blood test are doubtful for some foods. I am planning to give it more time as right now we are on a very strict diet. I have come to understand from all the research and incidences that followed that DD prob has yeast overgrowth and prob a leaky gut due to immaturity of the digestive system Could be possible coz my pregnancy was complicated and have been administered antibiotics twice during preg and had yeast infections. Also has a c section..super sterile conditions , lots of AB's and a horrid fungal infection in my entire groin area, and than she has trush since she was 3 months old which didnt go away with nystatin and now still has a small patch in her mouth.
I have started probiotics and CLO right now and will start some enzymes along with following the combined results of the spd, rast and MV Labs test.
I hope you have a better experience with the customer support at MV Labs I give it total thumbs down

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Thanks for letting us know your MV story. I'm sorry that it was so disappointing. I've been reading more and more about the IgG/IgE testing and there is another company, US Biotek, also in Washington that has a better reputation. They have a wider variety of panels, too. If I decide to pursue testing, I think I will go with them. Keep us posted, though, on what you continue to discover with your test results and elimination diet.

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